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PO Box 261, Fredonia, NY  14063

716-997-2007


Fredonia, New York
USA

Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 month intensive

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Educational workshops are the bread and butter of Sweet Flag Herbs. In western New York, there is an abundance of medicinal and edible plants growing in every lawn, sidewalk crack, and wooded area. Sarah offers workshops about identifying, sustainably harvesting/cultivating, and making concoctions with these plants.

Sarah has experience offering programming for individuals of all ages and ability levels, including differently-abled individuals. If you are interested in scheduling an event or would like more info, visit the Contact Page to get in touch.

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Harvesting a Home Apothecary: 6 month intensive


I am excited to offer a season-long program that walks participants through the entire process of thoughtful cultivation/wild-harvest, preparation, and safe & smart use of herbal remedies to complement healthy lifestyle choices. By the end of six months, participants will have a budding home apothecary, and the knowledge to prepare a range of herbal remedies.

Program Outline (subject to minor changes):
May 11

  • 9am-10:15am: Plant walk, creekside plants (Russell Joy Park, Fredonia)

  • 10:30am: plant walk, Greystone Nature Preserve Medicinal Plant trail and grounds (Fredonia)

  • 12:15pm: lunch

  • 1pm: Natural Support for the Digestive System. Bitters, prebiotics, nutrition.

  • 2:30am-4pm: Herb-infused vinegars and oxymels.

    Each participant prepares and takes home an herbal vinegar with herbs harvested that day. Dried organic herbs will also be available.

    June 8

  • 9am-10:20pm: Medicinal properties of culinary herbs (Lockwoods greenhouse)

  • 10:30am-noon: Perennials, trees and shrubs: navigating a local nursery for medicinal plants (Lockwoods greenhouse)

  • 12pm: lunch at Lockwoods; shop if desired. 

  • Meet at Sarah's home office at 1pm.

  • 1pm: Natural Support for the Nervous system + Stress. adaptogens; natural support for anxiety and depression; nerve tonics; lifestyle factors + nutrition.

  • 2:30pm: tincture making. 

  • Group harvests and prepares their own tincture using herbs from Sarah's garden.

July 13

  • 9am - 10:30am: village plant walk/18 mile creek

  • 10:45am - noon: Sarah's home garden + potted medicinal plants

  • noon - 12:45pm: lunch

  • 12:45pm - 2:15: Natural Support for the Cardiovascular System (Sarah's home office)

  • 2:25pm - 4pm: Teas. Infusion, decoction, cold infusion, blending.

  • Each person creates their own tea blend to take home.

August 10

  • 9am-10:30am: Plant walk/discussion, Hobuck Flats, North Evans

  • 11am - 12:10pm: Hobuck Flats, Part II

  • 12:10pm - 1pm: lunch

  • 1pm - 2pm: Glycerites: Prep batch and simmer; chemistry & uses; sample glycerites (Sarah's home office)

  • 2:15 - 3:30pm: Natural Support for the Endocrine System: female / male bodied support. Brief Adaptogens II.

  • 3:30pm - 4pm: bottle and label glycerite together.

  • Participants take home bottled glycerite.

Sept 14

  • 9am: Intro to Permaculture (Resolve to Evolve retreat center)

  • 10:30am: Natural support for the Musculoskeletal System and Skin.  

    • Garden talk: herbs to support the musculoskeletal system and skin

  • Noon-12:45pm: lunch (Resolve to Evolve)

  • 12:45pm: Infused oils and salves. Demo: herb-infused oil with primary solvent. Group prepares a salve together. Participants take home 2 oz jar of herbal skin salve.

  • 2:30pm-4pm: Plant walk and sustainable harvest time.

Oct 5

  • 9am - 10:30am: Natural support for the Immune + Lymphatic Systems (Masterson’s Garden Center)

  • 10:45am: talk from Erin of Masterson’s about bee products and beekeeping

  • 11:15am: wild plant + nursery walk (review, plus a few new plants)

  • 12:15 - 1pm: lunch / shop at nursery if desired.

  • 1pm: Herb-infused honey and syrups. Group prepares elderberry+astragalus+rosehips syrup together.

  • 2:45pm: Q & A / Herb Conversation. Sarah shares herbal resources for further learning.

  • 3:30pm: bottle herbal syrup and label together. Group takes home bottle of herbal syrup

  • Wrap up program: quick paper survey for feedback.

Exchange: $528 for the season. Includes 6 full days of class, supplies and herbs for creating a concoction each day, many samples, handouts, and seeds.

Registration is complete with a $150 deposit. I will refund until April 1st; non-refundable after that.

  • Payment can be made on paypal (to Sarah@sweetflagherbs.com), or by mailing a check made out to Sweet Flag Herbs (mail to: Sarah Sorci, 142 Buffalo St, Upper  Hamburg, 14075).

  • Full payment is due by/on the first class day. If this is a hardship, please feel free to talk to me about a payment plan.

  • To keep the cost as low as possible, I'm hosting a few sessions at my home office, and participants will bring a bagged lunch. Herbal tea will be provided each day (and coffee if desired!)

  • There is a waiting list for folks who want to attend just one or a few sessions. They will be invited to join if the program doesn't fill up.

  • If you register but are unable to attend a class, you will receive all recipes, handouts, concoctions/supplies, and a summary of plants we encountered that day.

  • Participants in this program have access to additional supplies you may need at cost  (no markup from me). Because I get bulk or member discounts on certain items, I want to make this available. This includes honey, bottles, dropper tops, glycerin, beeswax, tincture ingredients, etc. I will provide a list of what I pay for each item, and you can place an order any time during the program if you wish.